From measuring outcomes to providing inputs: Governance, management, and local development for more effective marine protected areas

Date

2014

Authors

Bennett, Nathan
Dearden, Philip

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Publisher

Elsevier

Abstract

Marine protected areas (MPAs) have the potential to conserve marine resources as well as provide social and economic benefits to local communities. Yet the percentage of MPAs that might be considered “successful” or effective on ecological and/or socio-economic accounts is debatable. Measurement of biophysical and socio-economic outcome indicators has become de rigeur for examining MPA management effectiveness so that adaptive feedback loops can stimulate new management actions. Scholars and practitioners alike have suggested that more attention should be given to the inputs that are likely to lead to successful MPA outcomes. This paper briefly discusses the potential ecological and socio-economic outcomes of MPAs then reviews the literature on three categories of inputs – governance, management, and local development – that lead to effective MPAs. In conclusion, the paper presents a novel inputs framework that incorporates indicators for governance, management and development to be used in the design and analysis of MPAs.

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Keywords

Marine protected areas, Marine conservation, Management effectiveness, Governance, Livelihoods, Development

Citation

Bennett, N. J., & Dearden, P. (2014). From measuring outcomes to providing inputs: Governance, management, and local development for more effective marine protected areas. Marine Policy, 50, Part A(0), 96-110. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2014.05.005

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